New Extreme Mentor Artists (represented left to right above) will explore a range of artistic practices and ideas with groups of youth at schools (and organizations) across Victoria. These ideas include spoken word and performance, street and public art, mural making, dance and movement arts, and more!
Ann-Bernice Thomas is a spoken word artist, theatre artisan, and a budding filmmaker. She was the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, and has performed at Rifflandia (2016), Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life(2014), and did a Tedx Talk on the Oreo Complex (2016).She is currently working on a poetry video for Disobedient Womenart exhibition, and a one-woman fringe show called Monica vs. the Internet. www.wildwomanpoetry.com
Kay Gallivan is a muralist from Coast Salish/Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC). She frequently incorporates social practice into her work, encouraging the local community to become participants in her mural-making process. Kay’s approach to visual art has been influenced by her research at the University of Victoria on the topics of public art, social justice movements and street art collectives. Kay is currently working with Colectivo Binni Cubi in Unión Hidalgo, Mexico, teaching mural painting workshops as part of earthquake relief efforts.
Chesa Kai Abma-Slade
Chesa Kai Abma-Slade a member of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt Nation). She is of mixed Frisian, Lekwungen, and Syilx ancestry. Currently, Chesa has the honour of working with children and youth as an Indigenous education assistant in the W̱SÁNEĆ territory. Chesa is also an emerging filmmaker and has a strong interest in a wide variety of artistic disciplines particularly movement and dance. Chesa is completing her degree in communications as she is passionate about storytelling via the creation of media by and for Indigenous People.